USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) handed out over $16 billion in subsides to farms in 2009 to corn, soy, rice, and other products. This hefty sum maintains and projects the economy of our food industry. As a consequence we see low prices of soy, rice, and corn while soy protein shows up in almost everything and the sweetener of choice by manufacturers is corn syrup. The logic behind this distribution of wealth is that these products are basic necessities and by reducing their cost we reduce the price of everything made with them. When was the last time you didn’t see something with soy or corn syrup in it?

Merits aside, there’s a better system, which can work in tandem with this one. Switch from an essentials subsidy program to a health subsidy program. We don’t have to create a new system. The terminology and requirements are already in place. Slowly transfer these subsidies to USDA Organic products. Set a ten your transferral plan to give the industry time to cope. The products losing their subsides can just as easily retain them if they switch to organic.

An additional benefit is small farmers will be able to tap into this subsidy program on a local level without having to produce one of the major three. Suddenly, local organic markets will get the boost they need and the quality of the food in our country will be on the rise. We’ll be support healthier food and the essential food items such as sweeteners, soy protein, and rice will remain affordable with a switch to organic.

No longer will countries look at us like a backwater, overweight, unhealthy, slob. It is time for us to reshape government to fit our needs, not necessary those of a vanishing model of economics. The world isn’t interested in our GMO laden, corn syrup sweetened, soy enriched products. They want the future and it is time we gave it to them.

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Further Reading: Sequester Carbon Emissions by Subsidizing Organic Agriculture by Jannie Trelogan

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